As the son of Kurdish refugees, Kovan Barzani ’17 wanted to make the most of his college experience. Before he graduated from SMU, he triple majored, managed a Texas House campaign, started a program to teach refugees job skills and turned a finance internship into a full-time job.
Maya Jones ’16 always loved to sing, but she wasn’t sure she would become a star. Her SMU experience shaped her into a confident performer – and business owner. Now, she’s out to change the world by inspiring others to believe in themselves.
Jack Reynolds ’15, Edward Allegra ’16 and Miguel Quimbar ’17 came to SMU as strangers. Together, they founded a company that will change their lives and the lives of other asthma patients.
Esmeralda and a team of SMU faculty, staff and students are part of an important partnership in West Dallas, called The School Zone. It supports struggling students and their families by redefining the way schools and the social sector work together.
Carl Dorvil started a small tutoring company in his dorm room. One of his MBA professors encouraged him to turn it into a full-time profession. Now his business provides mentors to thousands of struggling learners.
Andrew Quicksall and his students collect samples of drinking water in refugee camps in Sub-Saharan Africa. The water is analyzed and contaminants are tracked at SMU. This information is then used worldwide to protect refugees.
Ryszard Stroynowski and his team of SMU faculty and students were instrumental in the discovery and study of the Higgs boson, aka "the God particle." This subatomic particle is the key to how matter acquires mass, leading to the existence of, well, everything.